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Man Utd: Unlikely man ‘sets the standard’ in Benni McCarthy training session | Football | Sport

Scott McTominay produced his latest clutch contribution for Manchester United this season on Sunday, scoring the winning goal from the bench in a huge victory at Aston Villa. And the 27-year-old midfielder has reportedly also left coaches impressed away from the cameras by setting the standard on the training pitch.

McTominay’s late header past Emiliano Martinez continued United’s winning run and boosted the club’s faint hopes of Champions League qualification.

He has earned the Red Devils 12 points with his seven Premier League goals this term, more than any other player in the competition.

Erik ten Hag has McTominay to thank for preventing a problematic second season in charge from becoming even more disastrous.

And despite losing his starting berth to emerging 18-year-old superstar Kobbie Mainoo, McTominay is earning his coaches’ respect at Carrington just as much as in matches.

According to the Mail, the Scotland international was among the players who didn’t start against Villa involved in a two-hour recovery training session on Monday.

It’s claimed he was one of the first out on the grass as Ten Hag and his staff looked to get a ‘match load’ in those with fewer minutes’ legs.

Benni McCarthy was said to have overseen a shooting drill, making players sprint between stations and take on defenders before switching roles.

The report adds that McTominay was the man setting the standard during that session, further rocketing his reputation within the walls of Old Trafford.

Ten Hag is using the United No. 39 in his best role – an impact substitute with the licence to roam and arrive late in the penalty area.

And he expressed how happy he was with McTominay after United triumphed in a true six-pointer in the Midlands.

“[He was clutch] last season as well,” Ten Hag explained after United’s 2-1 win at Villa Park.

“He is an example for many other players. There are not many players who can come from the bench and bring this energy.

“He is ready for every minute, always contributing to the team, and football is a team sport – we forget that often. Scott is the example, always giving the spirit.

“In the week when he is training in opposition, doing the right things, working on himself, give max. He is ready for one minute. He is ready for 90 minutes. It is great to always have such a player.”

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